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    'It felt like a prison' – too many young Australians are still stuck in nursing homes
    'It felt like a prison' – too many young Australians are still stuck in nursing homes

    Around 6,000 Australians aged under 65 live in aged care, and numbers have only changed slightly in the last decade.


    Extinction debt: Urban biodiversity may be the answer
    Extinction debt: Urban biodiversity may be the answer

    In order to counteract the effects of global warming, we need to consider ways to enhance biodiversity within our cities.


    A lot to learn: Specifying internal walls for childcare centres
    A lot to learn: Specifying internal walls for childcare centres

    It must be said that designing an early learning centre (ELC) is a special beast. There’s the unique set of design standards and minimum requirements for things such as floorspace, fall zones, entrapment, amenity and storage.


    Sections²: Collins House by Bates Smart
    Sections²: Collins House by Bates Smart

    In this Sections² we look at Collins House, which was designed by Bates Smart for the Golden Age Group.


    Getting floored for all the right reasons
    Getting floored for all the right reasons

    Choosing the right flooring for a commercial space can be an overwhelming decision. There can often be a lot more to take into consideration than when choosing flooring for the home.


    Landscaping for modern design needs
    Landscaping for modern design needs

    From the Gardens of Versailles to the common Australian backyard, landscaping has always played an important role in society. However, with the increasing densification of our cities, some believe these important spaces are being lost.


    Should the first rule of paints & coatings be ‘do no harm’?
    Should the first rule of paints & coatings be ‘do no harm’?

    Every material’s finish gives its surface a distinctive appearance and texture. However, finishes are more than skin deep: the chemicals they contain can adversely affect the brain, the heart and in the worst-case scenario, mortality levels.


    Architecture, design and AI: Emerging visions
    Architecture, design and AI: Emerging visions

    Architecture and design are being transformed by AI—artificial and augmented intelligence.


    Dancing on the ceiling
    Dancing on the ceiling

    Historically, ceilings in healthcare and education facilities used to tell us the same story over and over; a one-dimensional plane coated one way or another) in flat white, punctuated only by utilitarian light fittings of little if any decorative value, that usually buzzed.


    Securing your peace of mind: Security solutions in the education and healthcare space
    Securing your peace of mind: Security solutions in the education and healthcare space

    You can't put a price on peace of mind, which means security solutions are a vital part of the design and building process.


    Building industry reform redux
    Building industry reform redux

    Recently, a number of troubling building failures have highlighted the need for construction industry reforms that will better protect the interests of the community, and in particular, the owners and occupiers of multi-residential buildings.


    Diversity inside and out
    Diversity inside and out

    Australia boasts a proudly diverse population, made up of people from varying and distinct genders, cultures, religions and experiences. Promoting diversity is just as important within the architecture profession as it is in the built environment to ensure we accommodate for all Australians.


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